Defeat the Chemical Weapons Treaty
April 9, 1997
Did we elect a Republican Senate last November or didn't we? We'll find out when the
Senate votes on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). That will be the first important test
of whether or not Republican Senators are willing to stand up for American interests against the
internationalist ploys of Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright.
If the most conservative Senate in our generation runs from the fight and approves this
dangerous, anti-American treaty, you can be sure the Clinton Administration will use it as a
prototype to push other dangerous weapons agreements and UN treaties. Secretary Albright is
already nagging Senators in behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton's two favorite treaties, the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on Discrimination Against
Women, both of which are bad news for women, children, parents, taxpayers, and freedom in
Anyone who thinks that the CWC will rid the world of chemical weapons is whistling in
the dark. The CWC will actually increase the danger of chemical attack because it would disarm
the United States while the rogue countries most apt to use chemical weapons, Iran, Syria, North
Korea and Libya, won't sign it and wouldn't be bound by it if they did.
Russia has signed the CWC, but is considered unlikely to ratify it unless the U.S. taxpayers
fork out billions of dollars in U.S. aid to pay for the destruction of Russia's vast existing arsenal.
Even then, Russia has a deplorable record of noncompliance with weapons treaties and,
considering the shaky state of its government, we'd be fools to trust in future compliance.
One of the big problems with this proposed ban on chemical weapons is that so many
chemicals which can be used in weapons are so widely used for commercial purposes that it's
totally impractical to ban them. If a chemical weapon is not listed, then it can't be banned or
controlled by the treaty. Can we be sure that all dangerous chemical weapons have already been
A former Soviet chemical weapons scientist, Vil Mirzayanov, boasted that the Kremlin
negotiated loopholes in the treaty so that the list of controlled chemicals does not include several
which Russia has developed to make chemicals vastly more lethal. That's the way foreign
governments play games with us in writing treaties.
There's absolutely no way that the United States or any treaty can enforce, or that U.S.
intelligence can verify, a worldwide ban on chemical weapons. Rogue states know that even
militarily significant stockpiles are undetectable.
Some CWC advocates assert that the treaty's intrusive inspection system will help us to
know more than we would otherwise know. In fact, we'll probably know less because other
governments will conceal noncompliance. We live in a world in which the United States feels
bound by treaties but other signatories feel no such compulsion.
Most CWC proponents acknowledge the treaty's defects but argue that, on balance, it's
still a good idea because it's a step in the right direction of outlawing dangerous weapons. It's
actually a step in the wrong direction. CWC even obligates the United States to transfer chemical
weapons production and defensive technology to states like Iran, Cuba, Russia and China.
Like most of the treaties the Clinton Administration wants the Senate to ratify, it would set
up a massive new UN-style international inspection bureaucracy, which, of course, the U.S.
taxpayers will have to pay for (estimated at $200 million per year). So what else is new!
To add insult to injury, these newly created UN bureaucrats will immediately acquire the
right to inspect any site in the United States on demand, including factories, government
buildings, and even individual homes. Bye, bye Fourth Amendment when the UN busybodies
force American businesses to submit to searches without either probable cause or judicially
approved search warrants.
Of course, other countries don't have protections like our Fourth Amendment, so U.S.
constitutional rights always get short shrift in any treaty.
These inspections will impose a costly burden on U.S. industry. Some 8,000 U.S.
companies would become subject to a host of expensive new regulations and reporting
requirements. U.S. companies also stand to lose confidential business information from these
The Clinton Administration is champing at the bit to send the Senate a whole series of
global initiatives designed to give Clinton prestige and camaraderie among other heads of state,
but which diminish American sovereignty and individual rights. These other initiatives include
imposing global taxes to support the UN, controlling the world's climate and environment,
financing family planning and housing for foreign countries, international gun control, giving the
Third World control of our technology to mine the riches of the seas, and giving UN committees
of "experts" the authority to dictate relationships between men and women and between parent
The time and place for the Senate to stand up for Americans is on the Chemical Weapons
Convention. Tell your Senators to vote NO.